Would-be rapper gets up to 47 years in prison for killing man over a woman

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Posted: January 17, 2014

STEVEN Miller aspired to be a rapper and proudly posted his work on YouTube.

But his life in the spotlight will have to wait until at least the next 23 1/2 to 47 years.

That's how long Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff sentenced Miller, 24, yesterday to spend in state prison.

The Northeast Philadelphia man was convicted of third-degree murder in October for gunning down Maurice Ronnie Kimble, 24, after the two argued over a woman at a trendy Northern Liberties restaurant.

It was just after midnight June 11, 2012, when Miller shot Kimble in the chest and groin on the patio of the PYT restaurant at the Piazza at Schmidts retail and residential complex. Stunned bystanders came to the aid of the Upper Darby man, but he died at the scene.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax told the jury that Miller was "callous" and showed "no remorse" when he opened fire. The motive, he said, was that Kimble spoke to a woman in whom Miller was interested.

Defense lawyer Samuel Stretton argued that Miller acted in self-defense because Kimble also had a gun, which his friends took and fled with after the shooting. Sax said the evidence indicated that Kimble was not armed.


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